Goldman Sachs joined the TOMODACHI Initiative in 2013 as a sponsor, supporting the “TOMODACHI Gold Star Roadshow” that helped connect young Americans and young Japanese through a shared love of music and the performing arts.
- Read the 2013 press release
The Young Americans, implemented in Japan by the Jibun Mirai Club, is a group of talented performing arts students that conducts workshops for young people in Japan, consisting of singing, dancing, and pantomiming songs to open children’s hearts, help them gain confidence and motivate them to learn different languages and cultures.
TOMODACHI Goldman Sachs Music Outreach Program 2016
From September to November 2016 with support from Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd., cast members from the American nonprofit organization Young Americans visited public elementary and junior high schools in the Tohoku region of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures for the TOMODACHI Goldman Sachs Music Outreach Program.
TOMODACHI Goldman Sachs Roadshow 2015
The TOMODACHI Goldman Sachs Roadshow was held in the Tohoku region from September 8-25, 2015. Fifteen American youth from the nonprofit organization, Young Americans, conducted song and dance workshops at public and private elementary and junior high schools in 16 municipalities in the three prefectures (Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima) affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 11, 2011. Approximately 3,280 students participated in this two-week program and learned the pleasure of expressing themselves, while gaining confidence and deepened their interest in learning English and about the United States.
TOMODACHI Goldman Sachs Roadshow 2014
The TOMODACHI Goldman Sachs Roadshow 2014 launched on September 11, 2014 beginning with Yanome Elementary school in Fukushima City. In the Fall of 2014, fifteen Young American cast members conducted workshops at public elementary and middle schools throughout the disaster affected areas of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures.
Within two and a half months, the Young Americans conducted workshops with 3,000 children in 49 elementary and junior high schools. As of October 21 2014, approximately 1,500 students and 130 teachers had participated in the workshop. Remarks from the students included: “I would like to know about overseas more through international exchanges”. “If I were able to speak English more, that would be great.” “I am very happy that I knew I can sing and dance”. Teachers also commented on the changes they saw within the students: “I saw “new expressions” on the students’ faces”. “I will try to transform this experience into something positive.”
TOMODACHI Goldman Sachs Young Americans One Day Workshop Launched for Children in Foster Care
On July 28, 2014, the TOMODACHI Goldman Sachs Young Americans One Day Workshop, funded by Goldman Sachs Japan, was held at the Yamano Hall at the Yamano Beauty College in Yoyogi, Tokyo. Participants included 64 children from elementary to high school who are from 16 separate foster care facilities and 4 institution staff. More>>
Young Americans Tohoku Tour 2013
TOMODACHI Gold Star Roadshow 2013
Funded by Goldman Sachs, the TOMODACHI Gold Star Roadshow — Young Americans Mini Workshop Tour is comprised of 15 Young American cast members who toured more than 30 elementary and middle schools of Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwate prefecture between September 8 – November 14, 2013. Each musical workshop was three hours long to 50-100, in which the children were given a chance to express themselves through music and by learning singing and dancing.